Keesha Middlemass, PhD., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. She teaches courses in American Politics, Public Policy and Urban Politics; in each of her classes, she challenges students to think critically about politics, political decisions, and the impact these decisions have on individuals and community. Professor Middlemass conducts research on race, institutions, public policy and marginalized populations. Her recently published book, Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry (NYU Press, 2017), is a significant interdisciplinary, mixed methods, and multi-layered contribution to the study of prisoner reentry, politics, public policies, and race. Middlemass advances our social scientific understanding of prisoner reentry through the use participant observation, in-depth interviews, and archival research, and triangulates her rich data to explain what it means to be a convicted felon. She then connects the lived experiences of participants to three principal social policies – housing, education, and employment – critical to successful reentry. Taking this unique approach, Convicted & Condemned moves beyond traditional reentry studies to fill in critical gaps about what we did not previously know about prisoner reentry. Currently, Professor Middlemass is studying food insecurity in marginalized populations, including individuals convicted of a felony. Her research is published in Aggressive Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, The Prison Journal, and Punishment & Society. Professor Middlemass is a former Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow on Race, Crime and Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City and a former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow.
PhD., The School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia
M.A., Department of Political Science, University of Georgia
2017. Middlemass, Keesha M. Convicted & Condemned: The Politics and Policies of Prisoner Reentry. New York, NY: New York University Press.
2017. Becker, Carolyn, Keesha M. Middlemass>, Brigitte Taylor, Clara Johnson and Francesca Gomez. “Food Insecurity and Eating Disorder Pathology.” International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1-10. DOI: 10.1002/eat.22735.
2016. Middlemass, Keesha M. and CalvinJohn Smiley. “Doing a Bid: The Construction of Time as Punishment.” The Prison Journal 96(6): 793-813. DOI: 10.1177/0032885516671872.
2016. Smiley, CalvinJohn and Keesha M. Middlemass. “Clothing Makes the Man: Impression Management and Prisoner Reentry.” Punishment & Society 18:2:220-243.
2015. Middlemass, Keesha M. “The Need to Resurrect Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.” 28 Journal of Economic Development and Social Justice 61.
2015. Middlemass, Keesha M. “War as Metaphor: The Convergence of the War on Poverty & the War on Drugs” (p. 85-104) in The War on Poverty edited by Kyle Farmby. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2014.Middlemass, Keesha M. “The Belly of the Beast” (p. 213-232) in The Organic Globalizer: Hip Hop, Political Development & Movement Culture edited by Christopher Malone & George Martinez. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA Academic.
2011. Boxer, Paul, Ashley Schappell, Keesha M. Middlemass, Tahlia DeLorenzo and Ignacio Mercado. “Cognitive and Emotional Covariates of Violence Exposure Among Former Prisoners: Links to Antisocial Behavior and Emotional Distress and Implications for Theory.” Aggressive Behavior 37:5:465-475.